Literary Community-Making: The Dialogicality of English Texts from the Seventeenth Century to the Present (Dialogue Studies 14)

Literary Community-Making: The Dialogicality of English Texts from the Seventeenth Century to the Present (Dialogue Studies 14)

By: Roger D. Sell (editor)Hardback

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The writing and reading of so-called literary texts can be seen as processes which are genuinely communicational. They lead, that is to say, to the growth of communities within which individuals acknowledge not only each other's similarities but differences as well. In this new book, Roger D. Sell and his colleagues apply the communicational perspective to the past four centuries of literary activity in English. Paying detailed attention to texts - both canonical and non-canonical - by Amelia Lanyer, Thomas Coryate, John Boys, Pope, Coleridge, Arnold, Kipling, William Plomer, Auden, Walter Macken, Robert Kroetsch, Rudy Wiebe and Lyn Hejinian, the book shows how the communicational issues of addressivity, commonality, dialogicality and ethics have arisen in widely different historical contexts. At a metascholarly level, it suggests that the communicational criticism of literary texts has significant cultural, social and political roles to play in the post-postmodern era of rampant globalization.

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1. List of illustrations and figures; 2. Contributors; 3. Chapter 1. Introduction (by Sell, Roger D.); 4. Chapter 2. Creating paratextual communities: Reading Amelia Lanyer and Thomas Coryate (by Wilcox, Helen); 5. Chapter 3. Laudianism and literary communication: The case of John Boys's Fasti Cantuarienses (1670) (by Johnson, Anthony W.); 6. Chapter 4. Pope's community-making through The Dunciad Variorum (by Borch, Adam); 7. Chapter 5. Dialogue versus Silencing: Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (by Sell, Roger D.); 8. Chapter 6. Towards a dialogical approach to Arnold (by Alarauhio, Juha-Pekka); 9. Chapter 7. Kipling's soldiers and Kipling's readers: Members of a single community? (by Lindgren, Inna); 10. Chapter 8. Addressivity and literary history: The case of William Plomer (by Finch, Jason); 11. Chapter 9. Within the anti-fascist community: Ambivalences in Auden's "Spain" (by Toker, Leona); 12. Chapter 10. Literary dialogicality under threat?: The representation of Daniel O'Connell in Walter Macken'sThe Silent People (by Bexar, Gunilla); 13. Chapter 11. Robert Kroetsch and Rudy Wiebe: From Prairie communities to communities of enlightened readers (by Korkka, Janne); 14. Chapter 12. "Reading as a relationship": Lyn Hejinian's poetics of a common language (by Siltanen, Elina); 15. Index

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  • publication date: 12/06/2012
  • ISBN13: 9789027210319
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 273
  • ID: 9789027210319
  • weight: 645
  • ISBN10: 9027210314

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